Manchester United waved goodbye to Largie Ramazani last summer.

Despite the Red Devils offering the Belgian winger a new contract, he opted to move on. That was no surprise given his desire for first-team football and he headed to Almeria for the next step in his career.

Ramazani started life in his new surroundings in impressive fashion. A goal and an assist in his first league start spoke of better things to come.

So how has the 19-year-old fared since that early impact?

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In truth, the former United prospect still has some way to go. That is no surprise when you consider his age. Yet he would have hoped for more given how much he impacted the result against Sabadell back in November.

Ramazani has featured 10 times in the league since. But he hasn’t added any more goals or assists to his name.

He has enjoyed better luck in the Copa del Rey, scoring in a 4-1 victory and helping his team all the way to the quarter-finals. That was as far as they went, but it was in that competition where Ramazani has enjoyed the majority of his starts.

The teenager had a big reputation at United and was expected by many to ultimately break through. In his last season at Old Trafford, he scored nine goals in just 13 U23 appearances and got a brief Europa League run-out to boot.

 

That debut was as good as it got for Ramazani at United. Yet it is testament to his mindset that he turned down a new deal to get senior football elsewhere.

A versatile trickster

Ramazani played across the front line for United’s youth teams, latterly becoming a centre-forward and benefitting as a consequence. And that versatility is again on show in Spain.

He has already featured in four different positions for Almeria – on both wings, up front and as a secondary striker.

He is getting a lot more minutes than he would have at United. But for now he remains an impact sub more often than not.

He has started on the bench for nine of the last 10 league games (and was omitted from the other). Yet he has come on in six of those games.

With a total of 365 La Liga 2 minutes and four cup outings, it seems Ramazani made the right choice leaving United. Even more so when you consider the arrival of Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri.

This season is about settling into his new surroundings. As he moves into his twenties, United fans will be keeping a very close eye on his progress and wondering if he could, one day, return as the finished article.

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